Ueno & Yanesen

A key feature of Ueno-kōen is this large, natural pond, much of which is completely covered with giant lotuses that bloom in summer. Go bird- and botany-spotting on the boardwalk at the pond's southern end. There's also a temple here, Benten-dō (弁天堂), dedicated to Benzaiten, goddess of the waters and patron of the arts

An area of the pond is set aside for row boats (from ¥700 per hour) and swan-shaped paddle boats (¥700 for 30 minutes).

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1. Benten-dō

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2. Shitamachi Museum


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3. Yokoyama Taikan Memorial Hall

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4. Saigō Takamori Statue

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5. Kiyōmizu Kannon-dō

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6. Gojōten-jinja

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7. Ameya-yokochō

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8. Kyū Iwasaki-teien

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